Friday, October 02, 2009

More from British Columbia!

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post, "A business model for Manitoba Metis?"

I must comment on this mistruth. We are informed citizens in BC who have been a base for the formation of our governance processes. As such, we are not duped as the post states and after reading the items on the Coalition (Coalition of Concerned Metis Citizens - website I am appalled at how our governance process works. Does everything have to go to a Metis Nation General Assembly? The resolution I read was not legislative or constitutional change. To me that is abuse of process.

Our Metis Nation General Assembly was formed to bring forth resolutions that amend our legislation and constitution. This gives the chance for communities to formulate change from the grassroots. Being in the MNBC until my resignation in 2002, I can say that Keith Henry is the foundation of why we have a "Metis Nation Accord" and has brought that recognition to our Nation with professionalism.
I can personally say these statements are hurtful and untrue, and speaking from experience Mr. Henry resigned he was not fired. I would hope that future comments are factual statements. I know the wrath of those at the helm of the Metis Nation of British Columbia. Absolute power corrupts.

I for one support the Coalition. We need a group that watches the fox.
Dear Anonymous:
Thank you for writing. We're assuming, because of the reference to the term "duped" you're referring to an e-mail we received from another Anonymous dated September 30 of this year and posted under the subject line, "All is not well in Metisland west!"
As previously noted, we know nothing about Metis politics in British Columbia so have remained silent on the matter. However, what's impressive is how well the Coalition appears to be organized online. The Metis Nation of British Columbia leadership have been aware of the pending resolution at their next Annual General Assembly for a while so it will be interesting to see how it reacts.
By comparision, here MMF Annual General Assemblies tend to be bland, rubber stamp affairs. Maybe our Metis citizens could learn something from the organizing efforts of their cousins at the CCMC in British Columbia.
Clare L. Pieuk


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